The History of Mathematics

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A blissful Sunday morning for me is solving Sudoku over a hot cup of coffee in a satisfactory all-round silence. I find this very relaxing. While I wait for the green light at a traffic signal, I search for patterns on the number plates of cars, often adding them up to a single digit. I have a particular affinity for number 9 and 5. But this blog isn’t about my quirks or my proclivities.

This is about a fascinating book by Archana Sarat called ‘ The History of Mathematics’, published by Readomania.

In her career as a writer, Archana has spun some terrific tales across genres. Whether it was her short stories, her Novel ‘Birds of Prey’ or the e-book ‘Tit for Tat’, they have all captivated her readers and brought in much-deserved accolades.

In ‘The History of Mathematics’, Archana touches upon known and hitherto unknown legends, mathematical concepts, mathematicians and serves up a delectable fare.

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There are 26 neatly arranged tales (nothing to do with the letters of the English Alphabet) with apt titles, captions, aided by drawings, equations, expressions and pithy quotes by the famous.

I am in awe of her imagination skills. How deftly she has peppered mundane scientific facts with endearing back tales, filled with flesh and blood characters! And that makes this book utterly unique.

It is not easy to write in a concise and engaging manner on a vast and sometimes feared subject. It takes humungous effort! Kudos to the writer.

I made some of my students read the tales and give their feedback. They all loved it immensely. Taking this feedback a bit further, I feel, the schools should stock copies of this interesting nugget, in their libraries, for a larger audience to cherish.

That Archana’s book was #1 in ‘Hot New Releases in Children’s Historical Fiction’ is another reason to invest in this book.

Do we see a sequel coming out soon? Time would answer.

Because Readomania says “In a crowded marketplace for content, the authors must have a voice and something unique to say. Unless that happens the new books just end up becoming a new version of the same old story. We have enough of that, we now need new stories and different perspectives” when asked what makes them go for unusual books to publish with a diverse range of genres instead of sticking to time-tested commercial success genres, we can definitely look forward to more stirring books from her prolific and incisive pen.

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